These past couple of days I’ve been listening to the audio NKJ version of the Bible. I’ve been fascinated with the first probably six chapters of Genesis and have listened to them several times. The whole creation of the world and the fall of man are intriguing to me. It brings a lot of light to who I was in my old self and who I am now in Christ.
Adam and Eve before the deception had no knowledge of good and evil. It’s not that good and evil didn’t both already exist, it’s that they didn’t know. Kind of like a child not knowing the difference between right and wrong. Just because they don’t know right from wrong doesn’t mean they do not exist.
One key part to the fall of Adam that I relate to is the denial. After Adam ate the fruit, he hid himself from God. He tried to run from God. As I found out, you can’t run or hide from God. Knowing right from wrong he hid. He hid because he knew that he had done wrong. When God confronted him, he did what most of us do with our sin, he blamed Eve. If he blamed Eve then just maybe it wouldn’t be his fault right? God would see that, right? Ha-ha not so much. Adam, just like me, was held responsible for his choice. He was held accountable for the choice that he made.
My natural reflex when I was trapped in my sins was to cast blame. I would cast blame on any and everything but myself. This in turn leads to more sin and yet more consequences for those sins. I, like Adam, was trapped in my sins. I was trapped because they weren’t my sins but someone else’s. I was just the one that had to pay the price.
That is the deception of the devil. He doesn’t want us to know that it’s us because then we can make the needed changes to fix them. If we blame someone else then we can’t fix it, they have to. That’s kind of how I see the effect of the fall. Adam and Eve sinned against God by eating of the tree. It was their individual choice to do so. Eve was deceived by the devil and in turn deceived Adam, but they both chose to do so.
All of those years, up until the crucifixion of Jesus, there was no way to get rid of our sins. The only thing that could be done would be a sacrifice that would cover them up. People would still be in bondage to them. They would be reoccurring and that’s why they would have to make the sacrifice every year.
Oh but the Glory I found in Jesus. The Glory we can all find in Jesus. When Jesus went to the Cross, He did that for me and He did that for you! When He was hanging there, He was given every single sin that was ever done or will be done. He was innocent yet bore every sin. He broke the mold of blame that came from Adam and willing took everything He didn’t do.
We all know both stories. Even if we don’t go to Church or have never picked up a Bible we’ve been exposed to the stories. At least those of us living in the United States. We know what happened next for Jesus. He died that day on the Cross. He died a painful lonely death because He willingly took our sins. He willingly became our perfect sacrifice.
Three days later, Jesus defeated hell and the grave and rose from the dead. He is now seated at the right hand of God the Father. He is there to intercede for us on our behalf. Because of Him, God doesn’t see our sin when He looks at us. What He sees is the Blood of His Son Jesus. As long as we as lowly sinners take the proper steps. There are things that we must do to be able to receive this free gift from God. We must confess with our mouth that Jesus is Lord (easy part) but we must also believe in our heart that He rose from the dead. “If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” Romans 10:9-10
The confession with my mouth was easy. I did that a lot to be honest. The change didn’t come until I truly believed in my heart. I would confess Jesus but I remained the same person and I continued to blame everyone else. But that moment that I truly believed, not who Jesus was because I knew that. But when I truly believed in my heart what He had done for me, which was the game changer. I began to take full responsibility for all of my actions past, present and future. If I don’t own them then I can’t be forgiven for them.
As I always say, I am far from perfect. I still to this day make mistakes. I still sin. The difference is I own my sins and take it straight to God. “If we confess our sin, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His Word is not in us.” 1 John 1:9-10
Thank you Jesus that I know longer have the Adam mindset. I pray you take some time to evaluate your mind set, evaluate your relationship with God. If you have drifted away, He’s right there waiting for you to turn back to Him. If you’ve never truly accepted Him it’s not too late. If you need help we are here. At the very least, we can help connect you with people who can help you.
Be blessed and seek His presence.
In Christ Alone